Rand Colorado was first known to the pioneers of North Park as Weed. Later it was renamed Rosebud, which is still the legal description on land records today as Rosebud Township. The story goes that Jack Rand agreed to be the 1st postmaster but wouldn’t do it for a town named Rosebud so the town was renamed Rand. According to U.S. Postal records; George M. Rand was appointed postmaster from 1883 until 1886. Not much else is known about Jack Rand. We found him on the 1880 Grand County Census as G. M. Rand, approximately 57 years old, no other family and occupation listed as a miner. How many job applicants can say they got a town renamed for them just for taking the job!
We are collecting funds to give Jack a granite memorial marker on his grave at the Rand Cemetery. If you would like to help, please make a contribution at